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Travertine cascade

The Natural Monument travertine cascade is located in the northwestern part of the village Tichá in a valley of the river Tichávka. The area is protected as the Natural Monument since 1988. This interesting natural formation was created by a spring of water coming naturally to the surface from under the ground with a high content of calcium. The calcareous spring is located at an altitude of about 370 m above sea level at the foot of the Tichavská hůrka, about 40 m above the river Tichávka and it is its right tributary. The cascade is about 120 m long and along its entire length there is no other affluent. The stream bed is formed by travertine mound with a height of 10–70 cm. In its upper creek the stream flows through woods and, due to the large velocity of flowing water in those places travertine cascades of greatest thickness are deposited. In the second half of the flow the stream wound its way along the edge of the meadow. However, after the floods in 1997, the surrounding banks slipped and were damaged and the lower parts of the stream of Travertine as well. Travertine is a form of freshwater limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance. A variety of limestone is tufa, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from ambient temperature water bodies. While the real travertine originates in mineral springs, the tufa emerges in streams and it is the unconsolidated limestone. With considerable speed of precipitation of calcite, it may also contain fossils of contemporary organisms.

GPS position

N 49° 34.501', E 18° 12.518'



Geopark Podbeskydí / Občanské sdružení Hájenka
Ing. Dalibor Kvita